August 28, 2010
"For the first time in my life, I stated my genealogy in front of a large, mixed ethnic group of adults.
I informed them of the my ancestral past. Perfect timing because a local woman who went before me spoke of her genealogy and the "bitter waters" she drinks from knowing that the Hawaiian population was so thriving for so long decimated by disease , religious diversion, and take-over in one generation.
I stated that the bitter waters I sip from is the knowledge that my ancestors were instrumental in tipping the takeover from indigenous knowledge of living with nature to mastering nature by the bodies and minds of the enslaved and exploited peoples of the world.
As my first time stating my genealogy, I think I did an OK job. I butchered the story a bit and left out some important parts (like how dad remembers finding arrowheads when he was a boy playing around the old Townsend Plantation slave quarters).
But I was told that the effect revealed emotions for some and "gave me chills." I hope that my revelation inspires other Whites to examine their inherited past. My education and middle class status (READ: health care, relative financial stability, life-long drive/plan to attend college) provided privileges that not all American enjoy.
I have been feeling that my contribution is to help my people understand how and why in the quest to Develope America we've enslaved and continue to rely on poor people to strain, toil, sacrifice for us. We killed and terrorized People of Color for taking our jobs after we stole them to this continent to perform our most crippling tasks. More of my people must learn how to do the Earth's hardest and most physically challenging work with our own hands......"
January 14, 2015
The transition from exploiting others to empowering ourselves is happening. I am excited to help lead Green Revolution among my people - growing our own food, slaughtering our own barbecue beef, building water systems based on sharing, sewing our own foods, weaving our own fabrics, tending fields for the benefit of entire communities, building cool shit out of our trash - paradigm shift incorporating ancestral knowledge from European homelands, indigenous wisdom, the best of modern technology.
But the change comes from me - willing bitter waters back to sweet springs of hope - one awkward ancestral speech at a time.